25 Baby Eczema Relief Tips From The Pros
Raising a baby with eczema can be an extremely troubling experience but you’re not alone if your baby has eczema. Eczema is actually quite prevalent amongst babiesbecause the most common form of eczema, Atopic dermatitis, usually begins in the earliest stages of life. Fortunately, there are effective ways to treat a baby with eczema. In many cases, eczema will go away before they become an adult.
In this article, we outline 25 ways to treat baby eczema that may drastically help their symptoms and reduce pain. A word of caution before we begin: you should consult your doctor first for an eczema diagnosis. This will also help to rule out any other possible complications that could put your child at greater risk.
- Understand your child’s eczema triggers. If your baby is particularly sensitive to certain things in the environment, such as cigarette smoke or pollen, it is best to avoid these potential triggers. Certain allergenic foods such as peanuts and eggs may also trigger eczema.
- A lukewarm bath can help to soothe the pain of an eczema rash. It also helps to hydrate the skin. It is important to use lukewarm water that’s not too hot or too cold, which could potentially exacerbate the pain of a rash. It is best to avoid long and hot baths.
- Apply moisturizer. Moisturizer is best applied after you bathe your baby since this will help lock in the moisture.
- Don’t use scented products. These products often contain chemicals that may trigger eczema.
- Soothe and calm your baby. In adults, stress is known to be a potential eczema trigger. The same logic applies to your baby as well.
- Clip your baby’s fingernails to prevent them from excessive scratching. Scratching an eczema rash can worsen their symptoms.
- Do laundry frequently with safe detergent without perfumes or dyes. You can also try running a laundry cycle without using any detergent. This can help to strip the clothes from any harmful chemicals that may be leftover from a previous cycle.
- Stay cool. It’s important to keep you and your baby at a comfortable temperature because sweating may trigger eczema flare-ups.
- Be extra careful during the winter. The air in the winter can be very dry so it is important to be diligent about moisturizing.
- Reduce the use of bath products such as bubble bath and other bath additives that may make eczema worse. Soap and baby shampoo are typically gentle enough for a baby with eczema but should also be used sparingly.
- Try different types of fabrics. Some fabrics, like wool, may trigger a rash for babies with eczema. The highly-breathable cotton fabric is usually a good choice.
- Keep your house clean. Particles in the environment may be harmful to a baby with eczema. It is important to reduce the buildup of mold. Be sure to use natural cleaning products.
- Don’t forget to take care of yourself. As you can see, the list of things to experiment with when your baby has eczema can be quite taxing (as if being a parent wasn’t hard enough!). If it’s financially feasible, you can treat yourself to food delivery to save time cooking. That way, you can be in the best shape to give proper care to your baby.
- Wash the sheets with hot water to kill any potential dust mites. Try running a hot cycle without detergent to flush out any leftover chemicals.
- Refine your skincare routine. Find a good eczema cream that can moisturize, soothe, and reduce your baby’s eczema flare-ups that and remember to apply it on a regular basis (at least twice daily, but you may adjust the frequency by monitoring how your baby’s eczema responds to the cream). Natural treatments without added fragrance are better.
- Try a highly-diluted bleach bath. Bleach baths are a simple way to treat skin infections that may also help to reduce the symptoms for many eczema sufferers.
- You can use wet wraps when your baby’s skin is particularly dry. This helps to moisturize the skin and also provides soothing relief from itchiness.
- Develop a good sleeping strategy. Waking up to a crying baby is difficult enough, and this can happen more frequently for a baby with eczema.
- Prevent your baby from scratching by distracting and entertaining them. Although this doesn’t always work, anything that can help take their mind off the itch will provide relief. You may also try swaddling them which can be comforting and prevent them from itching at the same time.
- Balance out the workload if you are raising your baby with a spouse or partner, Ask them for their support and develop a joint strategy to manage your baby’s eczema.
- Try adding probiotics to your baby’s diet. This can help to clear up eczema for some babies.
- Test for food allergies. You can go to your doctor for a food allergy test since food allergies can be linked to eczema.
- Be systematic about your treatment plan. You can even keep a journal and write down the different things you tried on a certain day and record the degree of eczema symptoms. Don’t experiment with too many solutions at once. Treating eczema is a marathon, not a sprint!
- Stay hopeful. Many parents around the world have children with eczema or suffer from eczema themselves. It’s important to stay motivated and not get discouraged when flare-ups occur. With a little dedication, your baby’s eczema can improve.
- Relax. Although eczema can be both painful and stressful, know that your child’s life won’t be defined by their eczema condition. It even may go away before they become an adult. Don’t think that others will look down on them just because they have eczema. As your child grows up, it’s important to empower so they can control their eczema and their lives.
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